AN EXTRAORDINARY CONVERSATION WITH ALAN MOORE Between Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Everquest and Buffy, the pop arts are full up with mystical and magical ideas. But is there a deeper connection between the arts and the occult/mysticism? Celebrated comics author ALAN MOORE, whose League of Extraordinary Gentleman comic makes it to the big-screen this summer as a $100-million film starring Sean Connery (!!!), gives Arthur a historical-theoretical-autobiographical earful on the subject of magic and art. Extra-long feature convo with Jay Babcock, with a portrait by John Coulthart and photos by Jose Villarrubia. Check out that finger armor!
ON THE ROAD WITH THE BLACK KEYS and SLEATER-KINNEY Gentleman-journalist-poetPeter Relic rolls out for a week on tour with Akron, Ohio heavy blues superduo THE BLACK KEYS as they open a string of West Coast dates for thee mighty SLEATER-KINNEY. Hereâs what happened, best as Pete can remember. Photographs by Melanie Pullen and Pete; jokes by the Black Keys; chuckles by you the reader.
HOW CORPORATE MARKETERS TARGET KIDS In this exclusive, chapter-length excerpt from her new book Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers, author ALISSA QUART examines how corporations and marketers scheme to take advantage of six-year-olds.
JOHN COULTHART updates the US dollar bill to reflect the current climate. Yeow! This one stings. Note the legal disclaimer, please, if your name is "Clear Channel" or "Halliburton." Use the First Amendment or lose it.
79-year-old bluesfella T-MODEL FORD has got all the answers. This issue he lets ARTHUR know where Bin Laden is probably hiding, what to do about a bad temper, how old you should be when you get married and why some women have mustaches. That's true, now!
Karin Bolender remembers the late Othar Turner and Bernice Pratcher, the risen stars of the Mississippi fife-and-drum tradition. With photographs by Christian Patterson and Yancey Allison.
Comics by Martin Cendreda, Renee French, Luster Kaboom, Steven Weissman, Johnny Ryan, Jordan Crane and Sammy Harkham.
And, in their regular "Bull Tongue" column, Byron Coley & Thurston Moore once again sift through the voids of all known undergrounds to bring you the good stuff in recordings, text and card decks (!).